How Dental Implants Can Change Your 2023

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If you’re like many of us, you look at the new year as a fresh start, the perfect time to make changes in your life. These changes typically involve your health whether it be your weight, skin, etc. This year, why not take the time to focus on your smile?

Smiling can truly transcend your life by opening many doors and avenues for you to explore and excel in. Smiling releases endorphins which makes you happier and boosts your confidence. Smiling while in social situations enhances your likeability and appeals to your friends, peers, colleagues, and superiors. Your smile paired with your confidence, self-esteem, and likability will catalyze your career and inevitably lead to a higher rate of success.

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Pushing off your dental implants can carry many adverse effects. First and foremost, you’re settling for a smile that you’re unhappy with which is noticeable to others. Whether you try to hide your teeth and smile less it makes you seem less interested in group settings and overall less happy. Most importantly, however, putting off dental implants could lead to bone atrophy, shifting teeth, and gum disease. Being proactive is the best thing you can do when it comes to dental implants!

The time when you made excuses for your smile and those cracked, crooked, misshapen teeth is long over. Let dental implants change your 2023 and put your best smile forward. If you’re looking for dental implants near you don’t fret, the perfect smile is waiting for you this year at Modern Dental Implant Solutions®. Whether you live in Sun City Center, Sarasota, Tampa I Westchase, or Livingston, Modern Dental Implant Solutions® has you covered!

What Does Dental Implant Surgery Recovery Look Like?

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If you’re like many of us you are excited for these new and welcomed changed when it comes to your overall health, and with dental implants your overall look. With the excitement does come apprehension due to the surgery itself and the recovery process. After all, what does recovering from dental implant surgery look like? Well, as luck would have it your local periodontist, Modern Dental Implant Solutions can break it down for you. 

First, it is important to remember that not all recoveries look the same. It’s essential to keep in mind that all mouths are not created equal and that your mouth looks vastly different than that of your neighbors, coworkers, friends and the like. Therefore, there is no one size fits all cookie cutter answer to what the recovery process will look like. This recovery overview puts the process into parameters some that may align with you directly and some that may be extremely close, while others may be a little bit different. If you begin your recovery journey and think something may be off it’s best to call your periodontal team to assess the situation. 

The First Two Days

After the procedure, recovery explanations, and your discharge paperwork you are ready to leave the office and start recovering from home. You will likely have gauze covering the surgical site which can be removed anywhere from 30-60 minutes after leaving the office. It’s important to monitor the bleeding after removing the initial gauze. If you are noticing decreased bleeding you don’t need to reapply the gauze, however, if the bleeding continues reapply another piece of gauze while applying pressure with your bite and check after 20 or so minutes. 

Bleeding after surgery is completely normal and should be expected. It’s okay to be concerned about it but don’t be alarmed unless the bleeding will not stop, seems very heavy, or if it is accompanied by light headedness and or disorientation. If the bleeding is excessive and is a cause for concern trust your instinct and call our office for additional help and instruction. 

Tenderness after surgery is also to be expected. This should be in your after care plan as well so that while you’re recovering you know what the site should look and feel like. We recommend not to eat anything hard, brush the site rigorously, or do anything to prevent healing, cause injury, or open the wound. Swelling is also very likely in the first day to two days. You can combat swelling with an ice pack to the outside of the mouth as needed for the first two days. We strongly advise that all heavy lifting and other various strenuous activities be omitted or heavily restricted during the first initial days to allow the site to heal promptly and efficiently.  

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The First Week

Even though the first two days can be a nuisance, you should start expecting to feel better arounds days three or four. Your post operation appointment will be around a week after surgery to ensure the dissolvable stitches have fallen out, the site is healing properly, and there are no other causes for concern. Please make sure to come prepared with any questions you have so all questions can be addressed! We want you to leave feeling fully informed and on the next step to full recovery. 


Generally speaking, in most cases a major surgery like dental implants takes a few months to be fully healed. Despite feeling better every day and life seemingly going back to normal as far as your diet, brush routine and other oral health regimens your jaw will continue to heal overtime. The total time to heal looks different for everyone but overall should be around three to four months. Don’t forget to continue daily oral hygiene habits to ensure a healthy bacteria free healing process. If you feel comforted by the breakdown of recovery and you’re ready to schedule your dental implant surgery with a periodontist near you call or visit Modern Dental Implant Solutions in one of our four convenient locations: Sun City Center, Sarasota, Livingston, and Tampa.

What is the Typical Timeline for an Implant Tooth Replacement?

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Have you been considering dental implants but you’re worried about the turn around time and how long you’ll be without teeth? Don’t let the unknown deter you, the process may be a lot easier than you think!  Our goal is to make sure you are Never without teeth throughout the whole process. At Modern Dental Implant Solutions® we are dedicated to transparency and explain the entire process of dental implants from start to finish including price points, timeline, pain expectations and so much more. As your local five star rated dental implant specialists we aim to provide an all encompassing overview for you in the quick timeline below. 

What is a typical timeline for An Implant Tooth Replacement?

Depending on your overall oral health, getting dental implants can take as little as 4-6 months, or up to 12 months or longer. Take a look at the dental implant timeline below to get a step-by-step breakdown of what’s involved in the process:

1. Initial Consultation – 1 Day

Your initial consultation with our dentist will determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for implants. Through a complimentary comprehensive implant exam and x-rays,he will ensure that your mouth is healthy for implants. If your treatment is approved, you’ll be ready to schedule your implant surgery, YAY!

Pre-Treatment Surgeries – 3-12 Months

In some cases, you may need pre-treatment surgeries like a bone graft to fill in areas that lack  bone, a tooth extraction to make room for an implant restoration, or bone smoothing (alveoloplasty) to prepare for an implant. Depending on your situation and oral health, it could take anywhere from 3-6 months to fully recover from these treatments. If you don’t need any pretreatment surgeries you’ll immediately go into the next phase.

2. Implant Placement – 1-2 Weeks

Your implant will be placed about 1-2 weeks after your initial consultation if no Pre-treatment surgery is necessary. Your doctor will use the treatment plan to place your implant directly into your gum and jaw bone. The area will be cleaned and stitched closed to promote healing, and you’ll be sent home.  

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3. Healing & Recovery – 3-6 Months Or Longer

It takes between 1-2 weeks for the initial healing process. However, your implant must also “osseointegrate” with your jaw bone. This means it fully bonds with the bone, becoming a natural part of your mouth. This process can take 3-6 months or longer, depending on your case.

4. Building Your Implant Restoration

You’ll come in for a few follow-up appointments with your doctor during the healing process. After your mouth heals, the abutment will need to be placed.  This is what your permanent implant restoration will attach to. This involves removing the tissues back, placing an abutment, and placing a healing collar on the abutment to keep the gums from healing around it.  At this time we will take impressions and images of your gums, teeth and implant. This information will be used by our dental lab partners to build your implant restoration, such as a dental crown.  

5. Placing Your Final Implant Restoration – 1 Day 

About 4 weeks after your abutment has been placed, you’ll come in for your final appointment. The doctor will remove your healing collar or temporary tooth and check your permanent implant-supported restoration to make sure it fits. Then, they will either screw it into place or cement it into place permanently, completing the procedure.

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Your dental implant timeline significantly depends on your oral health, the pre-treatment surgeries you may require, and how well you care for your implant after surgery. Want to know more? Find out if you’re a good candidate for implants with a consultation at Modern Dental Implant Solutions®, or stop by one of our convenient office locations in Sarasota, Sun City Center, Tampa, or Livingston.

What to Expect at Your Dental Implant Crown Impression & Placement Appointment

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After you have had the Implant itself placed and it has been allowed to heal for approximately 3-6 months, one of our Dr’s will take the necessary x-rays to determine if it is time for the Final Impression.    

If all looks good on the x-ray in regards to bone integration with the implant our Dr. and his team will take the Final Impression for the Dental Implant Crown. 

This appointment is generally about 1 hour in length.  The impressions of your teeth and implant abutment will be sent to the dental lab where they will fabricate your dental implant crown.  Approximately 3-5 weeks later we are ready to Insert your new Dental Implant Crown, the part that looks like your Tooth!

Placing the Implant Crown

At this stage, the dentist will insert the implant crown.  As mentioned, when possible, and dependent on patient’s specifics, a screw retained crown will be fabricated and inserted for the final implant crown. 

If the cement technique will be used, they will put dental cement inside the dental crown and place it over the implant. The patient will have to wait a few minutes for the cement to set. Any excess cement will be cleaned out, and the dentist will recheck the bite. If the screw mechanism will be used, the dentist will simply screw the dental crown over the abutment until it is firmly in place. Unlike a cement-retained dental crown, screwed-in crowns are easily removable.  This is typically the best practice implant crown of choice when possible. 

Congratulations, you can now smile and use your Implant and Implant Crown!

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Caring for Your New Dental Implant Crown

After placing the implant crown, our dentist will provide aftercare instructions, depending on the type of attachment mechanism used. Certain types of dental cement take hours to set, so our dentist might discourage using the dental crown for at least a day. Our dentist will also advise the patient to check their bite the following day when the cement has hardened fully and the numbness is gone. If the bite feels out of place, please contact our office for a quick bite adjustment appointment.

Smoking & Oral Cancer Awareness with Dental Implants

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Everyone knows that smoking can damage your natural smile, but what can it do to dental implants? This oral cancer awareness month, we’re reminding you to book an appointment with your local periodontist, who can help you improve your oral health!

Does Smoking Affect Dental Implants?

In addition to increasing your risk of developing oral cancer, smoking can harm dental implants. There are a variety of ways this may happen, but all of them can be avoided by stopping or lessening your smoking habit.

The first issue is that smoking can hasten and worsen bone loss. This is bad news for everyone, but dental implant recipients also risk losing their implants. As the bone fades away, the implanted anchors loosen, and they may eventually break free. This is especially true during the three months immediately after implant placement.

Nicotine, which is found in cigarettes, also restricts blood flow. This reduces the speed at which you heal, and it can easily result in a major infection

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What Can a Periodontist Near Me Do to Help?

Modern Dental Implant Solutions located in Sun City Center, Sarasota, Tampa, and Livingston can help you ensure that your implants properly heal. Alongside tips and tricks for reducing your risk of failure or infection, our skilled periodontists will closely monitor your healing process. This allows for them to easily catch small problems before they grow too large to handle.

In addition to recommending that you stop smoking, many periodontists will also offer you a few other tips to consider when you receive your implants. For example, you will want to stay hydrated, as this helps facilitate faster healing. Maintaining a healthy diet will also help your body heal and recover more quickly.

If you’re ready to improve your smile and reclaim your confidence, then schedule an appointment with us today! Whether you’re seeing a dentist or a periodontist, we’re more than happy to help you maintain a gorgeous smile that you can be proud of. While you’re here, we’ll also screen you for oral cancer, which can help you avoid the need for future implants and other costly procedures.

How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Your Implants

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Sleep apnea affects many parts of the body most notably your brain and your heart. What you may not know is that sleep apnea can also cause serious complications with your dental implants. That’s why it’s important to bring up your sleep apnea issues and concerns with your local periodontist.

Many people have reported issues with areas that tie to the implant itself like the crown, bridge or the connector piece. This is mostly due to bruxism that accompanies sleep apnea and it’s repetitive apneas throughout the course of sleep.

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Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, occurs because the jaw position and clenchings has to accommodate and maneuver to prevent the collapsed airway, ultimately allowing for better breathing. This repetitive motion can lead to prominent grinding causing wear and tear and inevitably break down on all teeth, including your dental implants. 

It’s time to value your sleep and your dental implants by scheduling your appointment with Modern Dental Implant Solutions, today. We have several offices conveniently located in Sun City Center, Sarasota, Tampa, and Livingston so the chances are there’s an office by you! Get an in depth oral exam and determine the next steps to a better night’s sleep and better teeth health today. 

Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Dental Implants

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Let’s be honest: chances are, you’re not all that excited about the idea of getting implants. Many believe it’s too unpleasant to be worth the effort, especially for something so seemingly minor. And while there are plenty who view a couple missing teeth as purely cosmetic, this simply isn’t the case. Rather, you should be getting those dental implants done as soon as possible. Here’s four reasons why.

1. Discomfort

The first and most noticeable effect of postponing your dental implants is the resulting pains and discomfort. Chewing will naturally be more difficult, and as you naturally shift to the side of the mouth with no missing teeth, you’ll end up using that side alone. This leads to strain on the side you’re using, which in turn causes more pain. Though you may be concerned about the pain of an implant, keep in mind that the sooner you get it over with, the less painful it’ll be.

2. Shifting Teeth

When well maintained, your teeth will more or less keep each other in place. However, if one is missing, the others will shift to fill the gap. As a result, your teeth will very quickly end up crooked, and chances are, sore. In addition, it’s possible that the bone surrounding the missing tooth will atrophy, losing mass and even changing the structure and shape of your face. And sure, that can be repaired as well, but that’s time and money that doesn’t need to be spent.

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3. Gum Disease

In addition, not filling that gap in your smile can lead to gum disease such as gingivitis. The bacteria has easy access to the exposed gum, and will, of course, wreak havoc on it, leading to the aforementioned disease and inflammation. In addition, without a tooth, your gums will likely recede, yet another issue that will have to be addressed.

4. Improved Accessibility

Furthermore, Modern Dental Implant Solutions assist in making dental implants more accessible than ever. Many common concerns surrounding implant surgery are pain and cost, but fortunately, there are solutions to both. You can consult your local periodontist regarding anesthesia during the procedure and the painkillers after, making the operation and recovery period as painless as possible.

As for cost, an increased availability has caused the price of implants to decrease over time. As such, if you’ve been putting the procedure off for a while, it may very well be within your means today. You can also work with your periodontist at Modern Dental Implant Solutions to discuss one of our severa financing plans that we offer. 

Taking all of this into consideration, there’s no time like the present to get your dental implants taken care of, and with offices located in Tampa, Sarasota, Sun City Center Florida and Livingston New Jersey, we’re here to help. Interested? Feel free to give us a call and schedule your appointment! When you book with us, you can be sure you’re entrusting your smile to the best there is.

Caring for Your Dental Implants

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Whether you need a few teeth replaced or a full new set of teeth, dental implants are your best and most reliable option. More secure and comfortable than dentures, crowns, and veneers, dental implants also look incredibly natural and can be created to mimic the look of your original smile. A beautiful option that looks and feels natural, dental implants are also fairly easy to care for.

In this guide, we’ll share five simple tips to help you keep your smile looking and feeling amazing after your dental implants are installed. Much like your natural teeth, dental implants require regular cleaning and upkeep, but it’s nothing you can’t manage with just a few minutes of dedicated time each day.

1. Floss Regularly

If you’re getting dental implants, you still need to floss regularly post-procedure. It’s common for plaque to build up around new dental implants, causing bad breath (halitosis), bacterial buildup, and potential for decay. After receiving your dental implants, be sure to floss at least once a day, or ideally, after every meal to prevent food from building up between your new teeth.

2. Clean With a Soft-Bristle Toothbrush

Did you know that hard-bristle toothbrushes can scratch your dental implants? To avoid unnecessary wear and tear, gently clean your implants with a soft-bristle toothbrush twice per day, once in the morning, and once at night. Soft bristles will not only help protect your implants, but will also do a more thorough job cleaning between your teeth and along the gum line.

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3. Use Sensitive Cleaning Products

After receiving a dental implant procedure, one often needs to swap their toothpaste or mouthwash with non-abrasive versions. Also, keep in mind that certain toothpaste and mouthwash flavors, such as mint or cinnamon, will be too strong for your new dental implants. Avoid discomfort by using toothpaste and mouthwash formulated for sensitive teeth and gums.

4. Avoid Damaging Foods

To keep your implants healthy, clean, and free of damage, limit consumption of hard, sticky, and highly acidic or sugary foods. Hard fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots should be sliced into smaller, more manageable pieces. Sticky foods like caramel and chewing gum should be limited or avoided altogether. Super-acidic or sugary foods like sodas and hard candies may also cause damage to your teeth, and should be consumed in small amounts.

5. Schedule Dentist Visits

Just because you have new teeth doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still go to the dentist regularly! Keep up regularly scheduled appointments for checkups and cleanings, and be sure to notify any new dentists of your dental health history. Your dentist will want to closely monitor the health of your implants, so it is important to be forthcoming with their health and condition. Try to schedule dental appointments at least every six-months to check for general wellbeing and to ensure long-lasting oral health.